Sunday, December 23, 2007

http:// or https:// (MUST READ !!!!!)

http:// & https://

Very important, must know !!

The main difference between http:// and https:// is

It's all about keeping you secure.

HTTP stands for HyperText Transport Protocol, which is just a fancy way of

saying it's a protocol (a language, in a manner of speaking) for

information to be passed back and forth between web servers and clients.

The important thing is the letter S which makes the difference between


The S (big surprise) stands for 'Secure'.

If you visit a website or webpage, and look at the address in the web

browser, it will likely begin with the following:

This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular
'unsecure' language.

In other words, it is possible for someone to 'eavesdrop' on your

computer's conversation with the website.

If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information
you send to that site.

This is why you never ever ever enter your credit card number in an
http website!

But if the web address begins with that basically means your

computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.

You understand why this is so important, right?

If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you

should automatically look to see if the web address begins with


If it doesn't, there's no way you're going to enter sensitive information
like a credit card number!


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